Oh look voters! Shiny distractions called Tax Cuts! (but there is a catch of course)

Further tax cuts taxes and lifting incomes would be one National’s priorities if it is re-elected in September, Prime Minister Bill English said.

But he wont be specific about which taxes and says there will be no specific promise during the election campaign.

He set out his party’s priorities at in a keynote speech National Party in conference in Wellington which was prefaced by a music video titled “Let’s get together.”

National has already promised to reduce taxes from April next year by lifting the thresholds at which the bottom two rates apply.

As part of a broader family incomes package, that will lift the incomes of 1.3 million households by an average of $26 a week.

“Wouldn’t it be great if we could do it again,” he said to his party conference in Wellington.

The announcement party stopping short of announcing anything, and just dreaming and hoping for the best.

Now put your drink down.  

“English said the party oppenents “think caring is promising more money”.

“But the need for more spending is often a sing of failure, not success. I call it servicing misery.”

The Opposition had made its view of New Zealand clear and their policies were just like them – “worse than when they started”.

“They think more projects like the Waterview Tunnel are too much for us, that trade is to be feared and housing developments opposed.

“They’re too negative to welcome opportunity.”

Labour leader Andrew Little had said it was time for “a breather”.

“He hasn’t done anything and he’s already out of breath.

“Their bleak and lazy view of our country smacks of a lack of confidence in New Zealand,” English said. “That somehow it’s all too hard to be successful.”

National and New Zealanders were up for it.

“National will take the path of growth and openness – and govern with the ambition New Zealanders have earned.”

Well, the opposition can only promise things.  Whereas the government can actually deliver things.   So having a government that is primarily telling us how good life will be one day in the absence of any credible progress is going to have to rely on its credibility.

And that has slowly been eroding.

Once again, the popularity of National isn’t because it’s doing so well.  It’s because the alternative is simply unacceptable to the majority of New Zealanders.


– Audrey Young, NZ Herald

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